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Let’s sweat collectively for a new intimacy with our planet. In times of crisis, yoga becomes a tool to restore the equilibrium with the earth.

IMPAKT Festival presents: Global Warming Hot Yoga Studio by Pinar Yoldas

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Global Warming Hot Yoga Studio by Pinar Yoldas

On 20 October join the LIVE class, streamed from our yoga studio in Utrecht. The performance by interdisciplinary designer Pinar Yoldas is a special preview of the upcoming IMPAKT Festival 2020: Zero Footprint (28 Oct - 1 Nov). In our 3D room you can practice the (recorded) class throughout the DDW.

Join this collective sweating experience in the face of climate change. The yogini will take you into a relaxing journey as you sweat through the asanas: "inhale, and bring your attention to all the particulate matter landing on your alveoles... exhale and let go of your cognitive dissonance..." The practice takes place in front of 200+ heat lamps that spell the letters G-L-O-B-A-L-W-A-R-M-I-N-G.

For many people, yoga is an intimate journey to reach balance and awareness: a way to get closer to yourself and the world around you. In the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, the increasing popularity of yoga testifies to the strong social need for a new equilibrium. Yet, there’s a paradox: even for health activities we jump in our cars to drive to the gym, outsourcing the burning of calories to our fossil fuel engines. When we sweat, we hydrate ourselves from plastic bottles, which end up accumulating in our oceans. Hot yoga is symbolic of urban lifestyles, where ‘healthy’ and ‘stress-free’ have become the new commodities for the middle class. Is this a response to or an amplification of 21th century consumerism? Pinar Yoldas’ unique class will make us sweat to reflect on these question.

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IMPAKT Centre for Media Culture

IMPAKT is a media arts organization based in Utrecht. With a rich programme of lectures, exhibitions, screenings and exhibitions we explore the relationship between society, media, design, technology and arts. Our main project is the annual IMPAKT Festival. The upcoming edition takes place – both on-site and online – from 28 October to 1 November 2020 and focuses on the theme Zero Footprint: Living and Connecting on a Damaged Earth.